Now why in the world would a mother not want to know who fathered her baby? Is it because Rielle Hunter already knows the father is John Edwards? Or is she keeping quiet due to the “hush money” John Edwards has paid her?
Rielle Hunter stated there will be no paternity test to determine who fathered her baby girl, Frances Quinn Hunter.
In a statement provided to The Washington Post, Hunter said through her attorney that she will not participate in the test “now or in the future.”
The attorney, Robert Gordon, called Hunter a “private” person who is “not running for public office” and would not comment further.
“She wishes to maintain her privacy and her daughter’s privacy,” he said in the statement. “Furthermore, Rielle will not participate in DNA testing or any other invasion of her or her daughter’s privacy now or in the future.”
It’s a little late to be worrying about privacy now isn’t it?
Edwards will be able to breathe a “sigh of relief” if Hunter maintains this thought. Edwards, who on Friday finally admitted to having an affair with Hunter in 2006 but denied being the father of the child.
John Edwards did offer to take a paternity test but did he say this knowing Rielle has received “hush money” and wouldn’t make him take the DNA test?
“I would welcome participating in a paternity test,” Edwards told ABC’s Bob Woodruff on Friday. “Be happy to participate in one. I know that it’s not possible that this child could be mine because of the timing of events. . . . Happy to take a paternity test and would love to see it happen.”
ABC News reported on its Web site yesterday that Hunter’s younger sister Melissa said that Edwards should immediately follow through on his pledge to take a paternity test. “I would challenge him to do so,” the sister said. The network did not use a last name for Melissa.
“Somebody must stand up and defend my sister,” she said. “I wish that those involved would refrain from bad-mouthing my sister.”
Edwards admitted to ABC that he met secretly with Hunter at the Beverly Hilton to try to “keep this from becoming public.”
Last week, the Enquirer published a blurry photo of a man who looks like Edwards holding a baby. The tabloid said the photo was taken at the hotel.
“I don’t know if that picture is me,” Edwards said. “It could well be. It looks like me. I don’t know who that baby is. I have no idea what the picture is.”
When pressed by Woodruff, Edwards continued: “I mean, do you know how many pictures have been taken of me holding children in the last three years? I mean, it happens all the time.”
David Perel, the Enquirer’s editor in chief, swears the photo is authentic. “I think it’s amazing, even as the man’s coming clean, that he’s continuing to lie,” he said of Edwards. “Just as I’ve been saying for 10 months that he had an affair with Rielle Hunter, we know for a fact that is Rielle Hunter’s baby and that is him holding the baby in the Beverly Hilton. He’s not only hiding things from the public, he’s hiding things from his wife.”
Perel said the Enquirer has knowledge that Edwards has stayed in touch with Hunter and that he met her in the same hotel a month earlier. Speaking of last month’s late-night meeting, Perel said that “we couldn’t have been there at 3 in the morning if we didn’t have a good pipeline into the whole situation.”
Fred Baron, John Edwards friend and a campaign fundraiser, acknowledged yesterday that he had helped Hunter financially so that she could move to what ABC described as a $3 million home in Santa Barbara.
As much as we are all sick to death of this story, it continues to be interesting. When will Edwards stop the lying and admit he fathered that child?
Rielle has been receiving quite a bit of money from Edwards and will most likely keep quiet, and not ever seek the paternity test. What do you guys think?